Comment on CCC adaptation report

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on a report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) on the UK’s progress in adapting to climate change, Gareth Redmond-King, Head of International Programme at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Half the UK’s food is imported, and half of that comes from climate change hotspots. Food supply is just one of the ways our national security is imperilled by an increasingly unstable world. Last year, gas prices and climate impacts added hundreds of pounds to British consumers’ food bills. This year, yields of some vegetable crops have fallen off the back of extreme heat and subsequent drought.

“In a report the UK signed up to, the IPCC warned just last week that we’re running out of time to get on track towards net zero mid-century. That’s the only way we stand a chance of avoiding even worse impacts – slashing our emissions, and adapting to the damage those emissions have already caused. At the end of the day, it is wiser and cheaper to put a fire out rather than just to let it burn.”

  1. The CCC report, Progress in adapting to climate change, is published on 29 March

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